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For ancient quarrels, and quite lost their hearts.

Willo. And daily new exactions are devis'd;
As blanks, benevolences, and I wot not what :
But what, in heaven's name, doth become of this ?

North, Wars have not wasted it, for warr'd he

hath not,

man.

But basely yielded upon compromise
That which his ancestors achiev’d with blows :
More hath he spent in peace, than they in wars.
Ross. The earl of Wiltshire hath the realm in

farm.
Willo. The king's grown bankrupt, like a broken
North. Reproach, and dissolution, hangeth over

him.
Ross. He hath not money for these Irish wars,
His burdenous taxations notwithstanding,
But by the robbing of the banish’d duke.

North. His noble kinsman: most degenerate king!
But, lords, we hear this fearful tempest sing,
Yet seek no shelter to avoid the storm :
We see the wind sit sore upon our sails,
And yet we strike not, but securely perish.'

Ross. We see the very wreck that we must suffer;
And unavoided is the danger now,
For suffering so the causes of our wreck.
North. Not so; even through the hollow eyes of

death,
I spy life peering; but I dare not say
How near the tidings of our comfort is.
Willo. Nay, let us share thy thoughts, as thou

dost ours.
Ross. Be confident to speak, Northumberland:
We three are but thyself; and, speaking so,
Thy words are but as thoughts ; therefore, be bold.
North. Then thus :- I have from Port le Blanc, a

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1 Perish by confidence in our security.

In Brittany, receiv'd intelligence,
That Harry Hereford, Reignold lord Cobham,
[The son of Richard Earl of Arundel,]
That late broke from the duke of Exeter,
His brother, archbishop late of Canterbury,
Sir Thomas Erpingham, sir John Ramston,
Sir John Norbery, sir Robert Waterton, and Francis

Quoint,
All these well furnish'd by the duke of Bretagne,
With eight tall ? ships, three thousand men of war,
Are making hither with all due expedience,
And shortly mean to touch our northern shore:
Perhaps, they had ere this ; but that they stay
The first departing of the king for Ireland.
If, then, we shall shake off our slavish yoke,
Imp* out our drooping country's broken wing,
Redeem from broking pawn the blemish'd crown,
Wipe off the dust that hides our scepter's gilt',
And make high majesty look like itself,
Away, with me, in post to Ravenspurg :
But if you faint, as fearing to do so,
Stay, and be secret, and myself will go.
Ross. To horse, to horse ! urge doubts to them

that fear. Willo. Hold out my horse, and I will first be there.

[Exeunt.

SCENE 11.

The same.

A Room in the Palace.

Enter Queen, Bushy, and Bagot. Bushy. Madam, your majesty is too much sad: You promis'd, when you parted with the king, To lay aside life-harming heaviness, And entertain a cheerful disposition. 2 Stout. 3 Expedition.

4 Supply with new feathers. 5 Gilding

Queen. To please the king, I did; to please myself, I cannot do it; yet I know no cause Why I should welcome such a guest as grief, Save bidding farewell to so sweet a guest As my sweet Richard : Yet, again, methinks, Some unborn sorrow, ripe in fortune's womb, Is coming towards me; and my inward soul With nothing trembles : at something it grieves, More than with parting from my lord the king. Bushy. Each substance of a grief hath twenty

shadows,
Which show like grief itself, but are not so:
For sorrow's eye, glazed with blinding tears,
Divides one thing entire to many objects ;
Like perspectives', which, rightly gaz'd upon,
Show nothing but confusion ; ey'd awry,
Distinguish form : so your sweet majesty,
Looking awry upon your lord's departure,
Finds shapes of grief, more than himself, to wail ;
Which, look'd on as it is, is nought but shadows
Of what it is not. Then, thrice-gracious queen,
More than your lord's departure weep not; more's

not seen:
Or if it be, 'tis with false sorrow's eye,
Which, for things true, weeps things imaginary.
Queen. It

may be so; but yet my inward soul
Persuades me, it is otherwise : Howe'er it be,
I cannot but be sad ; so heavy sad,
As, – though, in thinking, on no thought I think,-
Makes me with heavy nothing faint and shrink.
Bushy. 'Tis nothing but conceit', my gracious

lady. Queen. 'Tis nothing less : conceit is still deriv'd From some fore-father grief; mine is not so ; For nothing hath begot my something grief; Or something hath the nothing that I grieve: 'Tis in reversion that I do possess ;

6 Pictures,

7 Fanciful conception.

But what it is, that is not yet known; what
I cannot name; 'tis nameless woe, I wot. 8

Enter GREEN.

Green. Heaven save your majesty !-- and well

met, gentlemen : I hope, the king is not yet shipp'd for Ireland.

Queen. Why hop'st thou so? 'tis better hope, he is; For his designs crave haste, his haste good hope ; Then wherefore dost thou hope, he is not shipp'd ? Green. That he, our hope, might have retir'd his

power,
And driven into despair an enemy's hope,
Who strongly hath set footing in this land :
The banish'd Bolingbroke repeals himself,
And with uplifted arms is safe arriv'd
At Ravenspurg.

Queen. Now God in heaven forbid !
Green. O, madam, 'tis too true: and that is

worse, The lord Northumberland, his young son Henry

Percy, The lords of Ross, Beaumond, and Willoughby, With all their powerful friends, are fled to him. Bushy. Why have you not proclaim'd Northum

berland, And all the rest of the revolting faction Traitors ?

Green, We have: whereon the earl of Worcester Hath broke his staff, resign'd his stewardship, And all the household servants fled with him To Bolingbroke. Queen. So, Green, thou art the midwife to my

woe, And Bolingbroke my sorrow's dismal heir: Now hath my soul brought forth her prodigy;

8 Know,

And I, a gasping new-deliver'd mother,
Have woe to woe, sorrow to sorrow join'd.

Bushy. Despair not, madam.
Queen.

Who shall hinder me?
I will despair, and be at enmity
With cozening hope; he is a flatterer,
A parasite, a keeper-back of death,
Who gently would dissolve the bands of life,
Which false hope lingers in extremity.

Enter YORK.
Green. Here comes the duke of York.

Queen. With signs of war about his aged neck;
O, full of careful business are his looks !
Uncle,
For heaven's sake, speak comfortable words.

York. Should I do so, I should belie my thoughts:
Comfort's in heaven; and we are on the earth,
Where nothing lives but crosses, care, and grief.
Your husband

he is gone to save far off,
Whilst others come to make him lose at home :
Here am I left to underprop his land;
Who, weak with age, cannot support myself:
Now comes the sick hour that his surfeit made;
Now shall he try his friends that flatter'd him.,

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Serv. My lord, your son was gone before I came.
York. He was? - Why, so ! go all which way

it will !
The nobles they are fled, the commons cold,
And will, I fear, revolt on Hereford's side.
Sirrah,
Get thee to Plashy, to my sister Gloster ;
Bid her send me presently a thousand pound :-
Hold, take my ring.

Serv. My lord, I had forgot to tell your lordship:

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